The Primary School at Al-Taqwa College caters for students from Foundation to Year Six. The Foundation, year 1, year 3 and year 4 cohorts include 8 classes each, the year 2 cohort is made up of 9 classes and the year 5 and 6 cohorts include 7 classes per year level. The primary school is structured in 4 interrelated sub schools; F-1 Sub school, 2-3 Sub school, 4-6 Sub school and the Arabic and Islamic studies Department F-6. The Primary Curriculum at Al-Taqwa College aims to provide students with a balance of Education and life skills with a focus on academics, Islamic values and student wellbeing.
All core curriculum subjects are taught throughout the primary years and are aligned with the Victorian Curriculum. Core subjects include English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Civics and Citizenship (explicit units in yrs 5-6), Economics (Explicit units in yrs 5-6), Health and P.E (Year 6 interschool sports), Digital Technology and Arts (visual, performance, drama, media…). The teaching and learning of these subjects is supported by the use of IPads (lower primary) and Tablets (Upper Primary) in the classroom.
Our electives program provides year 6 students with a chance to participate in 2 of the following 6 courses: Media and Debating, Horticulture and Woodworks, Textiles, Home Economics, languages (Indonesian), Science Research and Design and E Learning and Technology.
Our curriculum also aims to empower and enhance the learning our high ability students who are performing significantly above the expected level. SEEP (Student Educational Enrichment Program) is provided for eligible selected students from years 3 to 6 in the form of a streamed class with a differentiated curriculum to that of the mainstream classes. Students in SEEP classes also have an opportunity to participate in educational tournaments and external enrichment programs. More details will be available on the school website in April.
The primary years Islamic Curriculum provides students with a structured education in the Arabic language, Religion and Quran memorisation and Tajweed. All students are provided with 1 period of Religion studies a week and 2 periods of Arabic language studies a week. Quran is taught to Foundation, year 1 and year 6 students over a period a week and over 2 periods a week for students in years 2 to 5. The Arabic and Islamic Department also provides before school morning Quran classes, after school Arabic support classes and a Dawah and Hifz program for selected students. For further information please refer to the Arabic, Religion and Quran Department Booklet on our school website.
To allow students to reach their full potential, our primary curriculum is closely connected to student wellbeing to develop student capabilities which promote health, social and emotional wellbeing and positivity. We believe that optimal learning outcomes can only be achieved by ensuring the school environment is a supportive one. Programs such as Better Buddies, Circle Time, You Can Do It, Fine Motor Skills Development, Morning Assemblies, Tahara sessions and the School values are just a snapshot of the Social and Emotional Learning programs that the Al- Taqwa Primary school has to offer.
Student wellbeing and academics are also supported by our Students Services Team, our school Counselling and Welfare Team and our teacher aides that work across all sub schools including the Arabic and Islamic Department.
Al Taqwa Primary school is always a fun learning environment to be in and be part of with many extra-curricular events and activities taking place throughout the year. Just to name a few:
- Soccer and Basketball Tournament to raise funds for the RCH
- Hajj Day, Islamic week, Al- Taqwa Annual Quran Competition.
- School Choir
- Foundation 100 Days
- Local Camps (year 5) and Interstate Camps (Canberra 2016, Northern Territory 2017 year 6)
- Tabloid sports, Gym school, swimming (years 1-2)
- Book Week, Literacy Week, Science Week, Numeracy Week
- Lunch time programs to cater for student interests.
- SRC program
- Curriculum related incursions and excursions for all year levels.
Assessment and Reporting
Assessment is an integral and ongoing element of the learning process at Al-Taqwa College. It provides students with essential feedback and it informs and guides teachers in planning for learning activities. The depth of assessment practices in the Primary School enables teachers to build up a broad picture of how students are progressing, as well as their individual strengths and weaknesses. Assessment results support teachers in developing differentiated learning programs, and the setting of individual student goals.
Primary School assessment practices include:
– Formal and informal observations in the form of anecdotal notes, pre-tests, post-tests, etc.
– Regular and ongoing analysis of reading development through PM Benchmark Kits.
–Maths Pre and Post topic Tests.
– English and Maths Semester Exams (years 1-6)
– Integrated Studies performance tasks
– Weekly spelling tests and topic pre-tests.
– Standardised testing (PAT – R, Comprehension and Vocabulary, PAT Mathematics) to support and guide planning practices.
– Ongoing Iqraa assessments, Arabic Language pre assessment, Arabic and Religion performance tasks.
Written reports are provided to parents at the end of each semester during allocated Parent Teacher Interviews. Meet and Greet afternoons and Parent Teacher Bonding sessions are usually held early in Term 1 as an informal meeting where parents and teachers can get to know each other and the teacher can gain more insight into student learning needs from the parent’s perspective.
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